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Report: Eric Gordon ruled out indefinitely

Oct 31, 2012, 1:10 PM EDT

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Eric Gordon comes into the season with a lot to prove. His newly minted max contract combined with his flirtations with the Phoenix Suns have him looking to prove his worth as a player and seeking redemption with Hornets’ fans.

All of that will have to wait, though. Gordon, still having soreness in his knee (an issue that goes back to last season), is not yet ready to play and will miss the Hornets’ season opener. And maybe much more than that according to Jim Eichenhofer of Hornets.com:

Eric Gordon out vs. Spurs. Monty: “The way I understand it, he’s going to be out indefinitely, until we get more clarity on what’s going on”

Gordon’s coming off a season in which he only played in 9 of the Hornets 66 games after being traded to New Orleans from the Clippers. The season before he only played in 56 of 82 contests and has already missed 107 games in his four year career. Durability is not a strong suit of his so, in a way, this is not a surprise. But, this is now your max salaried player and having him unavailable with no certain date of return is not only concerning but frustrating if you’re a Hornets fan.

Monty Williams will turn to rookie Austin Rivers to start in Gordon’s stead. Rivers has been dealing with his own ankle issues but is ready to go and contribute. Free agent acquisition Roger Mason Jr. is also likely to see an uptick in minutes with Gordon on the shelf.

But none of that can truly compensate for Gordon being out. He’s their best perimeter player and, next to #1 overall pick Anthony Davis, the face of the franchise. Having him out for any extended period of time sets this team back and only continues to fuel any doubts about Gordon’s contract and durability. Here’s hoping he recovers soon. Not only for the Hornets’ sake, but for his own.

  1. cbking05 - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Traded for C. Paul…

  2. skinsfanwill - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Still can’t figure out NO wanted to keep this guy. He didn’t want to be there and he CAN’T stay healthy. Even if he wanted to.

  3. blaksteele - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    I still can’t figure out why he was a max player.

  4. patfic15 - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Ridiculous that they signed this guy. I would have been more than happy to let him go to Phoniex. He is injury prone…may piece together one solid season later. If I’m the Hornets, I say we got Davis for Paul and feel OK about it. Showcase Gordon if he is ever healthy and trade him. PLEASE.

  5. metalhead65 - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    has a guy ever been paid so much to do so little? why would you pay a guy max money when he can’t stay on the court?

  6. lancer255 - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    What baffles me is why give him a max deal with chronic knee problems? They should of let him go to the Suns. If healthy how many more wins does he add for a team looking to rebuild. I don’t understand NBA gms sometimes.

  7. gmsalpha - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Dwight Howard was rehabbing all Summer in Los Angeles and now he’s a Laker. Anyone know if Gordon is rehabbing in Phoenix?

  8. mrlaloosh - Oct 31, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Want to see a modern day miracle? Trade him to the Suns and he’ll be “healed” real fast. What a douche bag.

  9. pacific123ocean - Oct 31, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    WOW! David Stern really screwed up on that Chris Paul trade.

    • zacksdad - Oct 31, 2012 at 4:09 PM

      This was Basketball decision. I guess it was not a injury prone player decision though.

  10. ascensionparish - Oct 31, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    He may be injury prone. But he is not injured. If you read Monty Williams’ comments today, it’s clear that the team physicians are saying one thing about Gordon’s knee, and Gordon is saying something different.

    At this point, it speaks to Gordon’s (lack of) character to hold the Hornets hostage like this.

    • Kurt Helin - Nov 1, 2012 at 10:17 PM

      You’re right, no doctor has ever been wrong about a diagnosis. And no doctor working for a team has ever pushed a player to come back before he is ready.

  11. philadelphiafan - Oct 31, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    An article about Eric Gordon without referring to him as “One of the best young shooting guards in the league.” Musta been a typo, right Kurt?

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